The Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League Tier A tournament concluded today(10), with CCC going on to emerge champions with a comfortable 13 point lead over runners up, Saracens SC.
Colts vs Army SC
A fighting century from Asela Gunaratne wasn’t enough for the soldiers, as his team lost by 10 wickets against the dominant Colts CC outfit who finished 4th in the tournament.
Gunaratne’s 123 along with Dilshan de Soyza’s 139 dragged the game late into day four, but Nisala Tharaka’s three-wicket haul meant Army could secure only a 40 run lead after crashing to 168 all-out in their first innings. Colts wasted no time in achieving their target with Priyamal Perera making a swift 29* not out as they got there in just 9 overs.
Colombo Colts Cricket Club574/9 d (148.1)Dhananjaya Lakshan 141, Priyamal Perera 127, Vishad Randika 106, Avishka Fernando 75, Nisala Tharaka 55, Jehan Daniel 29, Asela Gunaratne 2/40, Nuwan Liyanapathirana 2/67, Buddika Madushanka 2/91, Danushika Bandara 2/124 & 41/0 (9) Priyamal Perera 29*
Army Cricket Club168 (48.5) Himasha Liyanage 46, Danusika Bandara 26, Nalin Priyadarshana 4/32, Nisala Tharaka 3/43, Jehan Daniel 2/33 & F/O 446 (108) Dilshan De Soyza 139, Asela Gunaratne 123, Himasha Liyanage 48, Seekkuge Prasanna 44, Dushan Vimukthi 40, Kaweesh Kumara 23,Nisala Tharaka 3/74, jehan Daniel 2/58, Praveen Jayawickrama 2/104, Priyamal Perera 2/14
Tamil Union vs Saracens SC
The encounter between Saracens SC and Tamil Union ended in a tame draw, with the former securing first innings points in the match.
Saracens who declared overnight on 574/9, were punished all around the park on day four as Tamil Union racked up 345/3.
Tharanga Paranavithana did what he does best stroking a patient 175, while the ever consistent Sachithra Serasinghe went on to make another century remaining unbeaten on 124*.
Tamil Union Cricket And Athletic Club330 (101.4) Manoj Sarathchandra 68, Sithara Gimhan 52, Tharanga Paranavitana 50, Kamindu Mendis 41, Ramith Rambukwella 40, Sachithra Serasinghe 34, Saliya Saman 3/40, Gamindu Kanishka 3/74 & 345/3 (83.2)Tharanga Paranavithana 175, Sachithra Serasinghe 124*, Gamindu Kanishka 2/47
Saracens Sports Club574/9 d (166.4) Promod Maduwantha 212, Nipun Karunanayake 149, Ashen Bandara 94, Andy Solomans 77, Ramith Rambukwella 4/96, Rangana Herath 2/73
SSC vs Chilaw Marians
The rivalry between Chilaw Marians and SSC continued to grow after a close tussle for the title last year, as this year’s encounter ended in a thrilling three-wicket win for the defending champions, Chilaw Marians.
Set 366 for victory on a tricky surface on the final day, the Marians romped home late in the day with centuries from Nimesh Vimukthi and Risith Upamal leading the way.
Sachithra Senanayake and Himesh Ramanayake’s three-wicket hauls kept the Marians in-check throughout the run chase, but the positive intent of the winning team proved to be too strong in the end as they made 368/7 in just 98 overs.
Sinhalese Sports Club374 (101) Sachithra Senanayake 89, Sammu Ashan 79, Akash Senarathna 56, Nipun Dananjaya 46, Dasun Shanaka 34, Himesh Ramanayake 22, Sagar Paresh 4/138, Pulina Tharanga 3/58 & 265/9d (69) Kavindu Kulasekara 71, Dasun Shanaka 68, Nipun Dananjaya 61, Tharindu Ratnayake 27*, Sagar Paresh 5/107, Pulina Tharanga 3/42
Chilaw Marians Cricket Club274 (73.3)Thikshila de Silva 72, Pulina Tharanga 51, Nimesh Vimukthi 40, Irosh Fernando 30*, Risith Upamal 29, Sachithra Senanayake 6/73 & 368/7 (98) Nimesh Vimukthi 120, Risith Upamal 112*, Yashodha Lanka 26, Irosh Fernando 25*, Dasun Senevirathna 23, Sachithra Senanayake 3/100, Himesh Ramanayaka 3/39
NCC vs CCC
The clash of the neighbours went in favour of CCC, who also went on to win the tournament after playing consistent cricket right throughout.
CCC who were almost assured of the title when play began on day four, were ruthless against the NCC lower order as they bowled them out for 305 after resuming the day on 243/4.
Chasing 290 for victory, they opted to hunt it down as they got there in the 58th over with five wickets in hand.
Minod Bhanuka and Madawa Warnapura got fluent half-centuries at the top of the order to set up the run chase, but it was Ashan Priyanjan’a assured unbeaten 60* that guided them home along with Wanindu Hasaranga who made 48* not out.
Nondescripts Cricket Club411 (104.3) Mahela Udawatta 162, Pathum Nissanka 119, Lahiru Udara 35, Chaturanga de Silva 25, Wanindu Hasaranga 4/63 Ashan Priyanjan 2/52, Lahiru Madushanka 2/52 & 305 (73.4) Chaturanga De Silva 114, Pathum Nissanka 70, Saranga Rajaguru 59*, Lahiru Udara 50, Wanindu Hasaranga 6/80, Malinda Pushpakumara 3/78
Colombo Cricket Club427 (98.3) Ron Chandraguptha 118, Minod Bhanuka 104, Ashan Priyanjan 51, Wanindu Hasaranga 40, Lasith Abeyratne 26, Madawa Warnapura 20, Chaturanga de Silva 5/104, Asitha Fernando 3/71 & 290/5 (57.3) Minod Bhanuka 85, Ashan Priyanjan 60*, Madawa Warnapura 56, Wanindu Hasaranga 48*, Saranga Rajaguru 4/58